His defection last year was driven by desperation. His family was struggling for food, and the only way he could see to provide for them was to cross the border to China and earn money to send back. During his first attempt he was caught, but before it was clear he intended to cross the border. He says he was beaten for 15 days, his family rounded up and questioned, the friend he had been traveling with taken away.
He resolved to try again, but this time he knew it would be his last chance. He told his family to deny all knowledge and blame everything on him.
He set out in the dead of night, inching his way down a 150-metre cliff and wading across a river in the dark. “The waters were this high,” he said, gesturing above his head. “Where the water was deep, the surveillance wasn’t so strong.”
He’s now working long shifts in Seoul and saving up to try to get his family out. He knows they are alive, and has managed to get some money to them, but he misses them terribly, and constantly re-lives how he said goodbye.
[Sky News – Read full article]